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30 March 2017, 9.30 – 17.30

European Economic and Social Committee, Bruxelles

The conference will be live-streamed. Please feel free to link in on 30th March, by clicking on the link below:

https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/results-based-agri-environment-schemes-rewarding-farmers-for-biodiversity-achievements

The Background

In 2011 the European Commission adopted the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 with a headline target of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU by 2020, and restoring them in so far as feasible, while stepping up the EU contribution to averting global biodiversity loss. Mainstreaming biodiversity into agriculture plays an essential role in the achievement of this target.

With the financial support from the European Parliament, the European Commission launched three pilot on-farm projects (Romania, Ireland/Navarra and England) on results-based payment schemes for the enhancement of biodiversity over the course of 2014 and 2015. The aim is to provide better understanding of the key aspects of such schemes (design, implementation, controlling and verifying results, and cost-effectiveness), investigate their potential to deliver on biodiversity and explore the potential for their use in the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Conference

This conference will share the first outputs of the projects and facilitate discussions among broad range of experts, policy makers and stakeholders. Participants will be invited to discuss the potential of the results-based approach for the delivery of biodiversity benefits in agriculture and how that potential could be better utilised, particularly in the context of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Please take a look at the Draft Programme for full details of the conference.